EDDINGTON, Maine — A Lincoln man and his daughter escaped serious injury Saturday morning when the pickup truck they were in nose-dived off the shoulder of Route 178 in Eddington into a stream, police said.
Deputy Daren Mason of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said the 1999 GMC truck driven by 48-year-old James Heath swerved out of control shortly after 9 a.m. as it was traveling south from Bradley into Eddington. The truck crossed the northbound lane, broke through a guardrail and dropped off the shoulder into the mouth of a large culvert, with its front end dangling into the water of a stream.
Heath complained of neck pain but refused treatment at the scene, Mason said. Heath’s 24-year-old daughter, Jessca Heath, also of Lincoln, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with injuries to her face and left leg.
According to Mason, Heath said he felt something “let go” in the pickup’s front end as it went out of control. The truck was a total loss, Mason said. He said there was some spillage of radiator coolant into the stream, but it was contained as much as possible by emergency personnel from Brewer.
An emergency crew from Eddington also went to the scene of the accident.